There’s no better place to take beauty risks than at the MTV Video Music Awards. From wild wigs to crazy nail art, the red carpet never fails to feature a parade of out-there looks.
But this year, we were surprised to see that so many of music’s most outrageous leading ladies decided to tone it down. Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J all opted for a neutral palette, while Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande both chose a very grown-up, classic red lip. And the most popular hairstyle on the carpet? Sleek and straight.
While ostentatious looks undoubtedly make the red carpet more fun, it’s nice to see hair and makeup styles that we can actually recreate IRL.
Click through above for nine tame looks from this year’s VMAs that you can totally try off the red carpet.